I am an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award winner. Louis, Honolulu, Canada and Italy, have echoed with sounds of my compositions.
I have received commissions from members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada and had my work played by members of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Since becoming a teen, my parents have instilled in me the need to develop self-advocacy skills, and work toward independence and financially supporting myself. I have already laid the foundation from which to build a career.
My joints or ligaments might feel particularly tight or abnormally loose, I may be overwhelmed by assignments, struggle with hearing loss I experience with seizures, or simply be over-stimulated by fluorescent lighting. I will start anew, equipped with blank staff paper and a pencil. My dream is that one day a child will be so moved by my music that she will say, “I too want to write music!
” Or, when someone needs cheering up, he will hear my music and say, “I feel much better.” Most of all, I hope that a person with similar struggles to mine will listen and say, “Wow, I now know that one day I too can achieve and excel at my passion!
A baseball player—no matter how good—won’t get a scholarship that’s intended for a football player. Instead of applying for a slew of scholarships that don’t match up with your particular talents, focus your efforts on the select few that do. Is there anything else that you can discern by reading between the lines?
(Find them by using any of the popular scholarship sites.) You’ll save yourself a lot of wasted effort, and you’ll free yourself up to devote extra attention to the scholarships that offer you the best chance of success.2. Before you actually write your essay, take some time to figure out what you’re going to write about. Get an idea of what the review committee is looking for, and then give it to them. Imagine that you’re turning in the essay to be graded.4. This might go without saying, but you’re never going to win a scholarship if you don’t put the effort in.
Deciding on you’re going to write about is just as important as the writing itself. If your essay isn’t going to stand out, it’s not worth submitting, so max out the word limit.
No matter what the essay topic is, scholarship committees want to get to know you—and decide whether you’re the person they want to award the scholarship to. If you feel like what the review committee is looking for isn’t what you have to offer, consider finding a scholarship that better matches your qualifications.3. Once you actually start writing, it’s important to follow the formal rules of essay composition. If you don’t, you’re wasting opportunities to convince the review committee that you’re the right person to receive the award.
I might boldly attempt triplet passages, with accelerando.
My musical expressions, the embodiment of my challenges, have won awards nationally and internationally.